Daniel and Dave Discuss Every Episode of DGL

A weekly podcast in which Daniel Gray and Dave Brown talk about a specific episode of the hit family radio drama Down Gilead Lane.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

5-7 "Talk to Me"

Join in the fun of discussing another great DGL episode by reviewing this week's show! As always, we have lots of thought-provoking questions to help you out...
  • Why was Mikey so determined to do his assignment without his brother's help? Did you find this storyline relatable?
  • Which assignment of the ones we heard about (fixing a model toy motor, making hard candy, making a strawberry rhubarb pie, or creating a text-to-speech program) would you most want to be given? Why?
  • Why do you think Becca won't even look at, much less speak to, her mother?
  • Was it surprising to hear Mary struggling with something? Was John's encouragement to her good?
  • What do you think Joan is finding hardest to deal with right now? Why do you think Monica is so excited to speak with Joan every time she sees her?
  • In what ways do you think the messages of both storylines were the same?
This is the last S5 episode being played until the end of April, so take advantage of this opportunity to review! You have until 2PM on Tuesday (April 26) to get your thoughts in--and why not go in-depth with this episode, so we can make the podcast about "Talk to Me" our second-longest of all-time!

Oh, and Brooke's journal entry that corresponds to this episode might help you with commenting on the show's lesson. Even if it doesn't, it's always interesting to peek over Brooke's shoulder at her journal. :-)

2 comments:

  1. It gave me the error "We are sorry, but we were unable to complete your request." when I tried to submit my comment in the blog again!!! But fortunately, this time, I took the precaution of storing what I wrote in a word processor window first, so I can just copy and paste!

    This episode didn't really grab me so much as the other recent episodes. And to contrast that lack of enthusiasm, right after this episode, I listened to the current gripping episode of AIO (The Green Ring Conspiracy part 4) and enjoyed that so much! I have been really enjoying the Green Ring Conspiracy -- good stuff! Haha, I know, this is the DGL podcast, not the AIO one.

    Thanks for the link to Brooke's journal. I especially like the Martin Luther King Jr quote.

    • Why was Mikey so determined to do his assignment without his brother's help? Did you find this storyline relatable?

    Nope.. but then I was always the kid who would go to the professor during his consultation hours. Now that I teach in a university, I have trouble relating to students who refuse to come to see me for help when they're struggling! My wife, though, can relate -- she used to be scared stiff of going to see her professors.

    But Justin isn't even a professor -- he's just his brother! So I totally cannot relate to that kind of reticence.

    • Which assignment of the ones we heard about (fixing a model toy motor, making hard candy, making a strawberry rhubarb pie, or creating a text-to-speech program) would you most want to be given? Why?

    I found this assignment really weird – how could you give such a different assignment to different people in one class? I guess it was supposed to be an English class and they were supposed to write a process paper on their assignment in the end. But the emphasis seems to be more on completing the task than the process paper they would write.

    Being a university lecturer in computer programming myself, I had to smile at the stuff that Justin said when he finally was allowed to help – it was quite unrealistic, but you had to be a programmer to realize it was unrealistic.

    The task of making a computer read text out loud is either very easy or totally impossible for a junior high school student to do. If the computer has text-to-speech support, then it is a simple matter of making the proper library calls. (For example, in Chipmunk BASIC on a Mac, all you have to do is call the “say” command, e.g. “say "hello world"”

    But if the computer doesn’t have text-to-speech support, then it is virtually impossible for a junior high school student to come up with it himself – certainly not in such a short time!

    • Why do you think Becca won't even look at, much less speak to, her mother?

    For my answer to this question, I can just quote what I said in LAST WEEK’s review :-)

    She's still too hurt and unable to forgive from when Joan abandoned them.
    Luke has been more able to let go of his own hurt and forgive and be empathetic than Becca.

    • Was it surprising to hear Mary struggling with something? Was John's encouragement to her good?

    We all have our times of doubt.

    • What do you think Joan is finding hardest to deal with right now? Why do you think Monica is so excited to speak with Joan every time she sees her?

    Monica in these episodes seem as petty as Tiffany – just being mean to enjoy being mean!

    Though, in this incident, perhaps some anti-Christian feeling also enters into it. Speaking of Christian – clearly, the Richters go to some liberal church, but I find it odd that she would consider herself not a Christian. In my experience, members of liberal churches tend to still consider themselves Christians – just not “those bigoted fundamentalist kinds”.

    • In what ways do you think the messages of both storylines were the same?

    I guess you’re referring to Joan not being willing to accept Mary’s help?

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  2. Mikey was convinced that Justin outgrew him, and for some reason he took it personally and got angry. I'm not sure why. To me, it his anger seemed artificial until he broke down while arguing with Justin at the end. That was a part I found amusing by the way--"Okay, you're upset that I'm not mad? Well I'm mad!"

    I think making hard candy is the easiest thing to do on this list. Some of these assignments' difficulty isn't comparable to others. How is baking a pie as hard as creating a computer program? Ah well, we all have different talents. Though none of mine seem to be in these assignments...

    Becca is still holding a grudge. That's really all there is to it.

    I actually liked hearing Mary struggle in this episode. Her frustration/confusion was very understandable. I also thought that John gave the proper encouragement.
    I think it should be pointed out that Joan knew that she had plenty of time before she had to leave to meet Dr. Kramer. She appeared to be decently early for their meeting at the Sunrise Grill (does Colereign have another restaurant, by the way? I guess there's the Burger Barn.) I'm sure some people knew that already, but I just wanted to point it out.

    Well, let's see. She can't get over the fact that she abandoned her family, and she can't stand "to see hatred in her daughter's eyes," and she's about to die of cancer. Um, all of the above? Probably mostly the second one though. I can't imagine being detested by family members. I'm not sure what Monica is so excited about. The Monica/Joan relationship may be the most intriguing for me. How do they know each other from the past? How different is Joan now from back then? If I had to guess about Monica's conversations with Joan, it seems as if she (Monica) is set on making Joan believe that the Morrisons are the bad guys. I'm not sure why. Is Monica still upset that Maya spends most of her time at the Morrisons--that the Morrisons are "stealing away" her daughter? If that's the case, perhaps she wants Joan to believe that the Morrisons are stealing away Becca. Then you would have two complaints against the Morrisons. Do we ever find out the... secrets, I guess, to Monica and Joan's relationship?

    I would have been stuck on this one if I hadn't read Dr. Chai's post. I think he hit the nail on the hammer. Or something like that.

    I am totally beginning to see why season 5 is Dave's favorite season. These episodes are great. This one gets an 86 out of 100 from me.

    Have a great recording session!
    John K

    PS. on Brooke's journal. 1. it's pretty cool DGL released that, B. I knew those quotes before high school, and III. little did Brooke know how many people would be VIEWING her words!

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